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Lord's Prayer in ASL Print Page

Lord's Prayer in ASL

(also known as the "Our Father" or the "Paternoster")

Probably the best recent printed ASL presentation of this prayer is that in Costello, Elaine, Religious signing (Toronto/New York: Bantam Books, 1986), pages 192-196 (DEAF 420 C67r 1986). This has clear line drawings.

Gadling, Donna, and Pokorny, Daniel. You've got a song: selected popular songs with sign language interpretation (Silver Spring, Md.: National Association of the Deaf, 1979), p. 29-31. This version is set to the popular 1935 musical score, and has line drawings. (DEAF 784.5 G37 1979)

Long, J. Schuyler. The sign language: a manual of signs, second edition (Omaha, Neb.: Dorothy Long Thompson, 1918; also same edition reprinted by Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., in 1952 and 1963) shows, through a sequence of small marked photographs, how the prayer was signed in the early 20th Century. (DEAF 420 L66s)

A video showing step-by-step how to do one signed version of the Lord's Prayer is In Sign Language Series: Lord's Prayer, available on DVD from Harris Communications,

In addition, there are several videos available on YouTube and other outlets that demonstrate various methods of expressing the Lord's Prayer. Here are three examples; more can be found in the contextual suggestions on the right-hand side of the video's page.

Lord's Prayer translated into ASL: A highly conceptual full translation into American Sign Language.

Lord's Prayer, transliterated: Though not truly ASL, this is a transliteration into sign language of the Lord's Prayer, almost word-for-word.

Lord's Prayer, sign language lesson for children: A highly simplified transliteration appropriate to teach to children.


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Prepared by Tom Harrington
Reference and Instruction Librarian
February, 2004
Updated: May, 2010

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